Aaniin! Tansi! Boozhoo! Hello! We are MILSA – the Manitoba Indigenous Law Students’ Association. We are a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous law students devoted to promoting the rights of Indigenous people within Robson Hall, the University of Manitoba and the community as a whole.
Our Mandate: We are governed and guided by the principles of Indigenous law and by extension the seven sacred teachings. The Seven Sacred teachings include: Truth, Love, Respect, Honesty, Wisdom, Courage and Humility. Indigenous law is guided by the teachings of Indigenous knowledge keepers, keepers of Indigenous law, natural law, and spiritual law. The Seven Sacred Teachings are Indigenous legal principles that MILSA uses to guide our actions as a student group, as student leaders, as advocates for Indigenous legal issues, and in our relationships with our colleagues within the Faculty of Law and the University of Manitoba.
Objectives of MILSA:
- Create opportunities for Indigenous students both within and outside of Robson Hall;
- Provide support to Indigenous students at Robson Hall;
- Fulfill our obligations and give back to our communities;
- Provide forums for speakers from the legal and Indigenous community to share their stories and expertise;
- Represent and promote the interests of MILSA;
- Giving Indigenous students at Robson Hall first priority in our allocation of resources and opportunities;
- We practice inclusivity with our membership and events and are open to collaboration with other student groups on campus and at Robson Hall.
Membership in MILSA is open to all ethnicities, cultures and identities. Voting rights are held by Indigenous students within the Robson Hall exclusively.
Defining Membership: Our definition has been adapted from the UN’s definition of Indigenous people and is as follows:
- An Indigenous person must self-identify as an Indigenous person
- Indigenous is rooted in connection to place/space, language, culture and through direct familial connections
- While we recognize through the effects of colonization that many of these ties might be severed for the individual; overall they must seek to uphold and maintain the interests of their ancestral lands and systems to maintain the integrity of their community
- Identity requires participation in the Indigenous group the person seeking membership is claiming; this does not require enrolment on a band list, recognition under the Indian Act or within an organization
- Overall, you must be proud in your identity as an Indigenous person and always identify as an Indigenous person.
You can reach us via the following:
- Facebook account: MILSA – Manitoba Indigenous Law Students’ Association
- Instagram: milsa.robsonhall
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org